There are many people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, which damages the areas of the brain that control thought, memory and language.
People with Alzheimer's may repeat themselves, forget things or have trouble finding the right words when they speak. There are many researches and investigations regarding Alzheimer's, but at the moment the causes are still unknown, although it seems to occur within families.
Alzheimer's is the disease of elderly, despite this fact it is not considered a normal process of aging. The disease usually first appears after age 60, and the risk increase as people age. Statistics shows that just 5% of men and women between 65 and 74 have it; while as many as 50% of people 85 and older may have it.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include:
How can you slow Alzheimer’s progression?
What are your treatment options?
There are two types of medications approved to treat the decline in mental function caused by Alzheimer's disease, unfortunately it is not a cure, but it may slow the progression of symptoms.
v Cholinesterase inhibitor
· This commonly prescribed to prevent the breakdown of a chemical messenger in the brain that is important for memory and other thinking skills. The medication may temporarily improve memory and thinking in some patients.like(
Used for mild –moderate cases)
v NMDA antagonist
This medication helps to balance the actions of brain chemical called glutamate, which plays a major role in learning and memory.
emantine (used for moderate-sever cases )
** There are other medicines that your doctor may prescribe to control behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering, anxiety and depression. Usually, treating these behavioral symptoms makes people with Alzheimer’s more comfortable and makes it even easier for their caregivers to look after them.
**Other supplements that may help to increase memory and slow the progression like (vitamin e, gingko biloba)
Some tips from your pharmacist:
* People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble in swallowing pills, so ALWAYS check with your pharmacist to see if it is right to crush or open tables. Some tablets cannot be crushed, and not all capsules can be opened. They may have time-release properties or special coatings.
* Being overweight or obese in middle age can raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia later in life. Researchers found that people who were overweight in their 40s have a 35% higher risk of developing dementia and obese people have a 74% higher risk.
* Doing crossword puzzles and other brainteasing activities can help ward off mental decline. Keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and maintain brain cells and brain connections.
* These products may help you cope with Alzheimer's disease: Adult diapers, labels to be used as reminders and weekly pill organizer